Elevation: 8,046 ft
This peak is not in the book. Livingston Douglas provided four additional photos. Updated January 2023
The highest point in the Malta Range is not clearly identified on the USGS quadrangle. It is located just south of the Elba Benchmark. Consequently, the name Elba Peak is the best name for this mountain. However, the LOJ and peakbagger websites simply as the Jim Sage Mountains HP. The actual summit is located just south of the Elba Benchmark. In 2020 there was a register on the true summit. USGS Kane Canyon
From Malta, Idaho, drive south on Highway 81 for 6.0 miles. Turn west onto the signed 2160 S. Kane Springs Road. The road is a good county maintained gravel road until it turns northwest toward a ranch. Turn left on the two track that leaves the main road at this turn. The two track is good at first but soon deteriorates. Keep your eyes open, there is a major washout that is somewhat hidden. If you are driving too fast you could end up driving into it.
This washout can be bypassed with some difficulty on the left. When the road nears Kane Canyon it becomes narrow and overgrown. There are no places to turn around until the road reaches its end at thd 6,640 foot contours. A 4WD is required. The washout is likely to get worse and may soon be impassable. Additionally, I would advise against using this route after the grass dries out. It would be nearly impossible to escape a range fire if you were on the upper portion of this road when a fire started.
East Rib, Class 2
From your parking spot, continue up Kane Creek and cross the creek following an overgrown path. The canyon soon splits. Take the left fork and climb up the rib as shown on the map above. This rib is steep but has no obstacles. Follow the rib to the face below the point containing the Elba Benchmark. Contour left and then climb up to the summit ridge. The high point is south of the USGS Benchmark.